Lincoln Guildhall awarded Best Told Story by VisitEngland

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Lincoln Guildhall has received a coveted Attraction Accolade from VisitEngland for Best Told Story.

Following VisitEngland’s trip to the city last month, Lincoln Guildhall was awarded the prestigious accolade based on the score received from the Visitor Attraction Quality Assessment Scheme (VAQAS). The historic 16th-century building has been recognised for the outstanding experience it provides, highlighting the enthusiasm of staff and effective story-telling.

Mayor’s Officer and tour guide at the Guildhall, Richard Storey, said: “The Guildhall is one of the most important late medieval gateways still standing in England. The fact the site has been occupied since the beginning of the third century and has been home to the Council since 1237 makes it very special.

“The Mayor of the City has one of the oldest Civic Offices in Britain — in a sense, we are living history.

“We received the award due to the commitment of our guides in retelling the history of the Guildhall and the Mayor. Painting an image of events from the past helps to bring the building and it’s collection to life.”

VisitEngland’s Attractions Accolades can be attained by members of the VAQAS Scheme and represent a wide range of tourism experiences across England including museums and galleries, farm attractions, historic houses and gardens as well as churches, cathedrals and country parks.

Visit Lincoln CEO, Lydia Rusling, said: “Lincoln Guildhall has been attracting visitors for almost a century, so we are delighted they have gained this national recognition as a quality historical attraction.

“The award acknowledges the work of the staff who ensure all who pass through its doors have a truly memorable experience.”